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Title: A Testing Platform for Validation of Overhead Conductor Aging Models and Understanding Thermal Limits

Power system equipment manufacturers and researchers continue to experiment with novel overhead electric conductor designs that support better conductor performance and address congestion issues. To address the technology gap in testing these novel designs, Oak Ridge National Laboratory constructed the Powerline Conductor Accelerated Testing (PCAT) facility to evaluate the performance of novel overhead conductors in an accelerated fashion in a field environment. Additionally, PCAT has the capability to test advanced sensors and measurement methods for accessing overhead conductor performance and condition. Equipped with extensive measurement and monitoring devices, PCAT provides a platform to improve/validate conductor computer models and assess the performance of novel conductors. The PCAT facility and its testing capabilities are described in this paper.
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  1. ORNL
  2. U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE)
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Conference: 2014 IEEE PES General Meeting, National Harbor, MD, USA, 20140727, 20140731
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Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
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United States
overhead conductor; accelerated conductor testing; transmission line; transmission monitoring; transmission sensors